Simmons College

Simmons College

Simmons College, established in 1899, is a private women's undergraduate college that also offers graduate programs to both men and women. There are more than 2,000 undergraduate women, and over 2,000 postgraduate students who enroll in this college every year. Simmons College offers a pioneering liberal arts program for its undergraduate students along with coeducational graduate programs in education, liberal arts, health sciences, social work, communications management and library and information science. In addition, the college's MBA program is the first in the United States to be designed specifically for women.

Simmons College offers its graduate programs through the following schools:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • The School of Health Science
  • The School of Management
  • The School of Social Work

The college sponsors athletics teams in a variety of sports including basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. The sports teams are called the Sharks and they compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, the North Atlantic Conference and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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Contacting Simmons College

Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston , MA 02115-5898
General Phone: (617) 521-2000

Simmons College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts419East Asian studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, English, English language and literature, library science, library science courses, ...
Education and Teaching398education, educational administration, special ed administration, urban education, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, social studies teaching, ...
Business and Management225business management, managerial economics, small business operations, finance, financial management, MIS, marketing, retail
Nursing and Emergency Medicine154registered nursing
Family and Social Work137food and nutrition, social work
Therapy and Counseling99psychology, physical therapy
Media70communication studies, public relations
Science57biology, biochemistry, genetics, biopsychology, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy34nutrition sciences
Medical Administration19health care administration, public health education, health services administration
Art Studies11art studies, arts management
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Fine Arts2fine arts studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Design0graphic design

Number of programs and degrees for Simmons College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree48247
Master's degree1,03024
Postbaccalaureate certificate305
Post-master's certificate246
Doctor's degree745

Simmons College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Simmons College had a total enrollment of 4,733 students (4,393 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 38%
Graduate 62%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 12%
20-21 16%
22-24 19%
25-29 25%
30-34 10%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire9%
Rhode Island5%
New York4%
(International Students)2%
New Jersey1%

Simmons College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %

Simmons College Room and Board (2007)

Simmons College offers campus housing for 1,139 of its 4,393 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Simmons College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510600
SAT Math500590
SAT Writing520620
ACT Verbal2226
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT23%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Simmons College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,000
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,000
Room and board $ 11,500
Books and supplies $ 1,120
Other expenses $ 3,998

Financial Aid:
Simmons College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 220800)

Simmons College Faculty

Simmons College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$100,39432$99,806
Associate professoracademic year22$83,55935$78,271
Assistant professoracademic year24$61,40267$66,648
Instructoracademic year1*14$59,381
Lectureracademic year2*8$61,400
No academic rankacademic year3$79,7594$82,787
All faculty totalacademic year69$78,576160$75,327

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Simmons College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents

Simmons College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Urban Education and Leadership

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Library Science, Other
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Health Services Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Genetics, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Simmons College Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Simmons College Number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Simmons College Salaries of full-time faculty
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Simmons College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Simmons College % of degrees in family and social work
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Simmons College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Number of students
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Top 16%Simmons College Number of students
Female % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Simmons College Female % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 18%Simmons College Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Simmons College % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in liberal arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Simmons College % of degrees in liberal arts

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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